30 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including President Trump’s quest for revenge in the wake of the Mueller report.

  2. cnn via msn:

    Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake would prefer a Democrat win the 2020 election than have President Donald Trump serve a second term, saying that “four years is difficult enough to unravel some of the damage” done internationally by the administration. 



    Flake, a longtime Trump critic who argued Thursday that the Republican Party should not support Trump in 2020, was asked if it is better for a Democrat to win the election if Trump is the Republican nominee.

    “Yes … and this notion, this narrative that’s been built up, that Donald Trump is the only one that can cobble together the Electoral College and win is just a fallacy,” Flake replied at an Intelligence Squared debate in New York City. The organization bills itself as a “non-partisan, non-profit” group that hosts debates aimed at promoting various points of view.

    “I think that four years is difficult enough to unravel some of the damage that has been done internationally to our role, to our leadership position. We cannot, should not go another four years,” the Arizona Republican said.

    Flake also turned to attacking the President on policy during the debate, criticizing his positions on immigration and free trade, as well as Trump’s treatment of the media.

    “Starting a trade war is not conservative,” Flake said. “Conservatives have, if there is any defining, animating principle that we have had in the party for generations now, it’s free trade. And the President has really tossed that overboard.”

    While he served in the Senate, Flake was one of the President’s most vocal Republican critics, despite being a staunch conservative who almost always voted with the GOP majority. Rather than running what was likely to be a losing re-election battle, Flake opted to retire.

    While some Republicans have urged Flake to run against Trump, he ruled out a primary run in January.

    During the question-and-answer portion of the debate, an audience member asked Flake if he had any messages of hope for anti-Trump Republicans if Trump wins the 2020 election.

    “One message of hope, if he wins again, is that we have limited the President’s terms to two. But that’s a long time,” Flake joked. 

  3. BTW, sturge, thanks for the thread.  brings back memories of childhood:  one of my favorite things to play with was daddy’s folding rule. 

  4. Patd, me too. In fact when dad died that folding rule I played with as a kid came into my possession. I was amazed that it survived the 40+ years since I last saw it. 

  5. fascinating story in wapo today about the day the dinosaurs died – and no it’s not the day trump was elected:

    Fossils show worldwide catastrophe on the day the dinosaurs died

    Sixty-six million years ago, a massive asteroid crashed into a shallow sea near Mexico. The impact carved out a 90-mile-wide crater and flung mountains of earth into space. Earthbound debris fell to the planet in droplets of molten rock and glass.

    Ancient fish caught glass blobs in their gills as they swam, gape-mouthed, beneath the strange rain. Large, sloshing waves threw animals onto dry land, then more waves buried them in silt. Scientists working in North Dakota recently dug up fossils of these fish: They died within the first minutes or hours after the asteroid hit, according to a paper published Friday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a discovery that has sparked tremendous excitement among paleontologists.

    “You’re going back to the day that the dinosaurs died,” said Timothy Bralower, a Pennsylvania State University paleoceanographer who is studying the impact crater and was not involved with this work. “That’s what this is. This is the day the dinosaurs died.”


  6. In line with out tribal discussion, Angelina Jolie on displaced persons:

  7. patd – I read the full article, NYT is a bit shorter, yesterday and was stunned by the work the Ph.D candidate has done on the day of the big death.  It is so wild to think that he may have located a few hours of a day the Earth took the hit is amazing.  Even better was to see what it all meant.  The location is critical too.  Other places might not have shaken just right, or did not have enough of something or other to end up preserved the same.  I am sure the research will go on for many more decades.
    XR – the instructions for post-extraction care were “plenty of ice cream for two days”.   To clarify the taste once that tooth blew, is to mix all that is putrid and rank as an instant blast of nasty.  Now I am feeling better.  And I do hope it is overwith.
    Today I will be heading over Fort Nonsense, Annapolis, Maryland to do a little vlogging.  No boats today, not quite up to driving too far.  With any sort of luck I will have it edited and on my YouTube channel tomorrow.  Along with finishing the hell that is support billionaires with your taxes filing.

  8. Did I ever tell all of you the story about my broken pencil? Never mind, it doesn’t have a point.
    Trumpy was in GR on Thursday. One of the local journalists here was excited because she got to have an exclusive interview with Don Jr. I didn’t comment on that because saying, “Better you than me.” was probably the nicest comment I could have made. Don Jr. warmed up the crowd and they responded with a chant of, “AOC SUCKS!”

  9. fox news: Valerie Plame, outed CIA agent and Trump critic, plans US Senate run in New Mexico: report


    and more  on her from

    wa exam via msn :

    Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer who shot to fame when she was outed during George W. Bush’s presidency, is poised to run for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.




    The ex-spy told the Washington Examiner on Friday that she would run as a Democrat and would “like another opportunity to serve my country.”

    An early problem for Plame, 55, will be a 2017 anti-Semitism scandal. The subject will be tricky to navigate after the recent controversy involving comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, which led to Speaker Nancy Pelosi warning of “bigoted or dangerous ideologies masquerading as policy.”

    Plame was forced to apologize after sharing on Twitter an anti-Semitic article from UNZ.com entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” The article stated that Jews “own the media,” that they should wear labels while on national television, and that their beliefs were as dangerous as “a bottle of rat poison.”

    Her initial response was: “First of all, calm down. Re-tweets don’t imply endorsement. Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful. Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.” But she later added: “OK folks, look, I messed up. I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism, and shared it without seeing and considering the rest.”

    She later apologized and resigned from the board of the Ploughshares Fund, which provides grants for projects aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. But in the space of three years she had posted nine UNZ articles, including one titled “Why I Still Dislike Israel” and another about “Dancing Israelis” on 9/11.

    Plame has been a strident critic of President Trump, launching a GoFundMe effort to buy a stake in Twitter and ban Trump from the platform. It raised $89,719 towards its $1 billion goal. She has been active in Democratic politics since moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2007, after the scandal over the leak of her identity. She hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s super PAC in 2014 and another fundraiser for Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2015.

    [… history of outing…]

    Plame has since written three books, two spy novels and one memoir about the scandal over the leak of her name. She is now divorced from Wilson. It was her second divorce and his third. Their twin children, Trevor and Samantha, are 19. Plame’s bestselling memoir Fair Game was made into a Hollywood movie of the same name in which she was played by Naomi Watts and Wilson by Sean Penn

    Democratic New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2020, opening up the field in a state that leans Democrat. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., is expected to announce his candidacy next week. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Touluse Oliver and freshman Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland said in tweets that they are also considering running for the seat.

    On the Republican side, businessman and former Senate candidate Mick Rich said he is thinking about jumping into the Senate race. Former Rep. Steve Pearce and former Lt. Gov. John Sanchez are also rumored to be considering a run.

  10. patd – I had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Plame talk at a small gathering a few years ago.  My big impression is that being outed still affects her.  Anyone who works and lives undercover is constantly aware of the consequences of being known.  Can she take the trail?  I am very sure of it.  Can she get the votes?  Maybe.  I wish her luck.



    Attorneys for Maria Butina and U.S. prosecutors jointly asked a federal judge Friday to order the gun rights activist deported to her native Russia after she is sentenced on April 26 for conspiring with a senior Russian official to infiltrate conservative American groups as an undeclared agent for the Kremlin.


    Butina has sought removal since pleading guilty in December in a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to cooperate with the investigation into her efforts on behalf of the Russian government to forge ties with the National Rifle Association and other U.S. conservative groups leading up to the 2016 elections.


    U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on Thursday set a sentencing date, after Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson said prosecutors were ready.

    “The United States of America . . . and defendant [Maria Butina], respectfully request that the Court sign the attached proposed Order of Judicial Removal on the day it sentences the defendant,” both sides said in the Friday court filing. Butina said she would not contest her deportation after pleading guilty to a felony while in the United States on a student visa.


    Butina, 30, earlier in the case admitted to working at the direction of Alexander Torshin, a Russian former government official, and with an American political operative to forge connections with NRA officials, conservative leaders and 2016 presidential candidates, including Donald Trump.


    In her plea deal, Butina said she began to act on behalf of the Russian government in 2015 and continued her work after moving to the United States to attend graduate school at American University in 2016.


    Butina has been in custody since being charged in July, and Chutkan has said the time Butina has served would likely be a substantial portion of whatever sentence she faces.

    Butina’s offense carries a five-year maximum penalty. But prosecutors agreed that the defense could argue for a guideline range of zero to six months and promised to recommend leniency if she cooperated fully.

  12. Trump supporters are moroons — a sad statement on our high school education

  13. kgc, by briar patch, you mean the NRA &co?  both HER lawyers & the prosecutor have asked for her deportation. 

    Butina has sought removal since pleading guilty in December in a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to cooperate with the investigation into her efforts on behalf of the Russian government to forge ties with the National Rifle Association and other U.S. conservative groups leading up to the 2016 elections.

  14. Beto the media favorite ack ack ack
    he literally stole ideas from all the other candidates
    So where is Biden — I think he has changed his mind – he muscled out a few candidates but he knows in his sleazy heart that he cannot win   He will find some excuse for not getting him.  He will blame his family

  15. Biden is part of a generation that is ending its part on this mortal earth.  He saw the development of the ball point pen and how it replaced the fountain pen as a method of making marks on paper.  He saw the world through eyes that lived in a white male environment.  He saw how rare it was for a woman to go to Congress.  It is time for him to settle back and help women win elections.

  16. Pretty sure old Joe will do the right thing. He’s like the old Muhammad Ali fake-sparring around with someone holding a microphone.

  17. Comes natural and he’s having fun….can’t see the harm in it. Politics ain’t beanbag……ahh, beanbag.,…dangerous sport……I saw the championships in Paris–Many people were killed.

  18. Abbottasaurus and Costelloraptor died at The Palladium that day……after they’d been killin’ em all summer.

  19. The purpose of a sharp pencil is to get those numbers right so the banker will back this crazy ass idea. And if you have to measure twice to cut once you are too damn slow!
    I’m a framer, we get it close.
    Drexel my boss for several year put it this way “There is a sweet spot between done and perfect. That is where I make my money. Too perfect I lose money, too sloppy I lose jobs.”
    In some way that is life.

  20. Corey
    I knew there was a reason I liked you but a word of warning. God has special places for those who love puns. BTW look me up in the after life. };-)

  21. KGC
     To steal an idea from some one that person has to have an original idea. So who in that pack has had an original thought?
    From what I am seeing Beto is the most original thinker of the bunch. Certainly nobody is running on a unity theme while pounding on progressive themes.

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